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Cheyenne to thaw after weekend storm; warming trend ahead

(John Roedel, Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Following a storm system that swept through southeast Wyoming this weekend, Cheyenne residents can anticipate a gradual warming trend later this week, per the latest update from the National Weather Service in Cheyenne.

The storm, which is now moving northward over the Dakotas, leaves behind conditions ripe for a slow but steady increase in temperatures, alongside breezy conditions persisting through Wednesday.

Early Monday visuals showed residual precipitation bands still affecting east central Wyoming. Notably, areas north of Lusk and Douglas experienced light to moderate snowfall, contributing to slick roadways. While the winter storm warning for Converse and Niobrara counties is set to expire early Monday morning, occasional snowfall is expected to continue throughout the day, potentially affecting travel.

Monday’s forecast promises cloudy skies, particularly north of the Interstate 80 corridor, with late evening clearing. Despite a slight uptick in temperatures along the I-80 corridor, the chill remains in snow-covered areas, with highs struggling to surpass the low to mid-40s.

Looking ahead to Tuesday, a flat upper-level ridge across the Pacific Northwest signals mid-40s to low-60s temps across far southeast Wyoming, with a dry airmass ensuring negligible precipitation chances. The upcoming week brings a mix of conditions, with Wednesday possibly seeing showers and thunderstorms, attributed to a shortwave passage.

This could lead to a brief rain/snow mix, especially west of the Laramie Range, and predominantly rain east of it, with temperatures hovering near normal.

Moving through the week, an upswing in temperatures is expected, potentially reaching 10 degrees above normal by Thursday and into Friday, under the influence of upper-level ridging. This warming trend, coupled with normal to gusty winds, raises concerns for elevated to near-critical fire weather conditions, particularly on Friday, across far southeast Wyoming.

Despite the potential for light rain showers Friday night into Saturday, the overall forecast points to a steadily warming and occasionally breezy week ahead for Cheyenne and its surrounding areas.

Detailed Forecast for Cheyenne

  • Today: Expect mostly sunny skies with a high near 49. Conditions will be breezy, with a west-northwest wind at 15–20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph.
  • Tonight: The evening will be partly cloudy, with a low around 25. A north-northwest wind at 10–15 mph will shift to the west-northwest at 5–10 mph after midnight.
  • Tuesday: Sunny weather is forecast, with a high near 56. Winds will come from the west at 5–15 mph.
  • Tuesday Night: The night will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. A west-northwest wind will blow at 10–15 mph.
  • Wednesday: There’s a 30% chance of rain after noon. The day will be mostly sunny with a high near 51, and breezy with a north wind at 10–20 mph.
  • Wednesday Night: Expect partly cloudy skies, with a low around 25. Conditions will be blustery.
  • Thursday: The day will be sunny with a high near 58.
  • Thursday Night: The night will be mostly clear, with a low around 34.
  • Friday: Sunny weather continues, with a high near 71. It will be breezy.
  • Friday Night: The evening will be partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
  • Saturday: There’s a slight chance of rain under mostly sunny skies, with a high near 70. Conditions will be breezy.
  • Saturday Night: There’s a slight chance of rain. The night will be partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
  • Sunday: A slight chance of rain is expected. It will be mostly sunny and breezy, with a high near 65.